Emergency responses

THE French government and the Pacific Community (SPC) have joined forces to strengthen public health surveillance and response capacities in the Pacific.

The focus is on dealing with epidemics, emerging transmissible diseases, antimicrobial resistance and climatic disaster impacts.

Deputy director of the SPC, Cameron Diver, said France was making a massive contribution to health security in the Pacific.

The SPC reported that over the past two decades, Pacific Island countries and territories, with their donors, have put a lot of work to reduce the risks and protect Pacific people from epidemic diseases such as dengue fever.